Oakland DUI Lawyer
Drunk Driving Charges in Oakland
Drunk driving charges are very serious and can impact your current and
future life. Although you may have felt sober enough to drive safely,
the law is very clear on what constitutes drunk driving: it is
illegal for a driver operating a vehicle to have a blood alcohol level of
0.08% or higher.
Even though you may have incriminating blood and breath tests against you,
your case is not hopeless. We understand that you may have a lot of questions.
Our DUI lawyers in Oakland can help you challenge these charges effectively.
We can answer your questions and work hard to protect your future and
preserve your rights.
Why We May Be Your Best Option
At the Law Offices of Torres & Caraves, our Oakland DUI defense attorneys have
20+ years of collective experience and can provide aggressive and compassionate drunk driving defense to clients
in Oakland and across the Bay Area including Hayward, Richmond, San Jose,
and surrounding areas.
Our proactive, cutting-edge approach has led to
numerous successes for our clients. We have obtained reduced charges, dismissals, and not
guilty verdicts for clients.
Accused of drunk driving?
Contact our Oakland DUI attorneys at (510) 953-5551 to request your
FREE case evaluation.
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Penalties for a DUI Conviction in California
DUI cases can be charged as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the
circumstances and a person's past criminal history.
A first-time DUI conviction can lead to penalties such as:
- Immediate license suspension for at least 4 months
- Fines and penalties up to $1,000
- Up to 6 months in jail
- Installation of ignition interlock device
For repeat offenders, you could be facing harsher penalties such as longer
jail time, steeper fines, longer license suspension periods, and mandatory
In addition to the criminal penalties, you could be facing points on your
driver's license, increased insurance premiums, or even the denial of coverage.
Under 21 DUI in California
Under California's Zero Tolerance law, any drivers under the age of 21
will face charges if they have any alcohol in their system. The charges
and penalties vary according to the blood alcohol concentration of the driver.
Common penalties for underage DUI include:
.01% BAC or Greater (not a criminal charge)
- Suspended license for 1 year
.05% BAC or Greater
- DUI on your record
- Suspended license for 1 year
- $100 fine
- Mandatory DUI course
.08% BAC or Greater (same as adults and can face the same consequences)
- Up to 6 months of jail time
- Up to $1,000 in fines
- Suspended license for 6 months
- Mandatory interlock ignition device for 6 months
Not only will you face potential criminal charges, being convicted of driving
under the influence when you are under 21 can also affect college and
job opportunities. Because both colleges and jobs are allowed to ask about
criminal history, if you have been convicted of DUI, you are required
to disclose your DUI when applying.
In order to protect your rights and your future, it is vital that you talk
to one of our Oakland underage DUI lawyers as soon as possible to begin
working on your defense.
CA DMV Hearings & DUI License Revocation
We can assist clients with the civil side of DUI charges and represent
them in hearings with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. You have
10 days to request a hearing to challenge the suspension or revocation of your
During DMV hearings, you will have the opportunity to present your side
of the case and reasons as to why you should maintain your driving privileges.
Closely looking at issues such as whether the officer had probable cause
to pull you over and whether the arrest was lawful are key to prevailing
in a hearing. If you refused a chemical breath or blood test, we can examine
whether the police officer adequately explained the consequences.
Our team can act swiftly to schedule your DMV hearing and advise you on
what to expect.
Tell Us About Your Charges During a Confidential Consultation
If you or someone you love has been charged with driving under the influence
of alcohol and/or drugs, contact our DUI defense lawyers in Oakland to
find out how we can help. We can review the details of your case and provide
you with an honest assessment of your options.
Contact us at (510) 953-5551
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